Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 30, 2009

Dorcas (or Tabitha)

Ac 9:40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

What kind of woman was Tabitha to make God want to continue her life on this earth for His glory? She was also known as Dorcas. Scripture tells us she was always doing good. When Peter arrived after her death, the other believers showed him all the things Dorcas, or Tabitha, had made. When we die, will our church family think we are need with them for the glory of God and have enough faith to pray us back to living among them or will they just grieve momentarily and then forget about us? The only legacy worth leaving is the one that brings glory to God. Tabitha did that with her life. What a glorious day it was when she opened her eyes after Peter prayed and resumed her service to others for the glory of God. My prayer is for all I do and say to bring glory to God the Father and His Son, Jesus through the gifts and power of His Holly Spirit. Amen

April 29, 2009

Abigal

 

 

1Sam 25:24 She fell at his feet and said: “My lord, let the blame be on me alone. Please let your servant speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.

 

 

Abigail.  Once again, you should get out our Bibles and read the entire story in 1 Samuel chapter.  Abigail was married to Nabal whose name means fool.  Evidently the meaning of his name matched the character of the man.  David’s men protected Nabal from the wages of war.  Later, when David’s men needed some supplies, Nabal said harsh words and refused them.  Abigail used her wisdom and humbly stood between her husband and David and asked to take the blame and provided all that David needed for his men.  Not only was she standing in for her husband, protecting him, she was also protecting all they had.  That made Nabal mad.  In a short time he died.  God does the judging.  David, hearing about the death of Nabal took Abigal as his wife.  God does reward the just. 

 

If you live with someone who is difficult, do you react as Abigal, in a humble or righteous manner or do you get into arguments with them.  Lets pray to be more like Abigal in difficult situations with difficult people.

April 28, 2009

Martha

 

Lk 10:38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

 

We really need to read the entire story, not only here in Luke 10 but also in John 11.  Martha is given the short wrap.  It is true she was more intent on the tasks at hand rather than being with her guest.  So many of us have become task-oriented to the point that we often step on or ignore people who have more pressing needs.  But if you read John, you see how much faith Martha had in Jesus.  What we need to learn is to ask God which tasks are important to do and when to do them.  When doing our various tasks, we need to be alert to “divine interruptions.”  The task will always be there to do; the “divine interruption” may be fleeting. 

April 27, 2009

Ruth

 

Ru 1:16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

 

What a leap of faith.  Naomi must have had great faith in God to be such an example to Ruth.  Not only was Ruth leaving all she knew behind her for the unknown, she was walking into a new faith.  She did not do this with restrictions on any area but welcomed the new direction in its entirety.  So often we put restrictions on changes.  Many a church dies because the members refuse to change from their old ways.  Many of us miss wonderful opportunities God provides us just because we never did it before.  God has wonderful plans for our lives.  Ruth welcomed the new direction with open arms and became part of the linage of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  There is no telling what God will do with us when we welcome new paths He lays before us with open arms and faith and trust.

April 26, 2009

Orpah

 

 

Ru 1:14 At this they wept again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by, but Ruth clung to her.   

 

Orpah did the logical thing.  She followed the advice of an elder and went to what was secure in her past.  We don’t know what kind of life she had when she returned home.  We do know what kind of life Ruth had by looking to God for her security instead of what had worked in the past.  Ruth became part of the human linage of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, God’s own Son.

 

So often we look to things of the past for our security – too afraid to let go of what has worked for us before.  We need to follow Ruth’s example and look to God.  It may be something really new to us; Ruth had to move to a foreign land with no promises for a secure future.  To grow spiritually, we must stretch our trust and faith.  If we ask God for directions for each thing we encounter, we can be assured of His provision for anything we face in the path He chooses for us to walk.

April 25, 2009

Phoebe

Ro 16:1-2 I commend c to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea. I ask you to receive her in the Lord  in a way worthy of the saints f and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.

What a commendation from such a leader as Paul. Many times the messenger was introduced in the document he or she was delivering. Since this is from Romans, it is quite possible Phoebe was delivering that wonderful epistle to the church in Rome. Phoebe was a deaconess in the church. The requirement of a deacon is found in 1 Timothy starting with verse 8. Even though it talks about men as deacons and the requirements of their wives, it is apparent that women also served and Paul praised this woman highly. Church is not a spectator sport. When we join the family of God, we are expected to be active. When we join a church we pledge to serve it with our prayers, our finances and our time. Are you one of those who says yes to the needs of your church or do you sit and wait (and maybe criticize) for others to serve? God not only created us for fellowship, Jesus said for us to serve our fellowman. Serving starts in our family, our church is our God family, and reaches out from there. No task is too small or too great for a child of God to do. Taking an active part grows faith and endears relationships.

April 24, 2009

Rhoda

Acts 12:13-14 “Peter knocked at the outer entrance and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door.  When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

 

Peter had just been freed from the Roman jail by God’s power.  The other believers were behind locked doors, afraid for their own lives.  They had been praying for Peter’s release.  Rhoda was so surprised the pray was answered, she forgot to open the door to let Peter in the house.  When she told the others, who were also praying for Peter’s release, they didn’t believe her. 

 

How often do we allow our minds to keep the doors closed to God’s answers to our prayers.  We pray with expectations of what the answers should be and, because of that, we miss God’s answers.  God sees the entire picture and He knows the best answer for us and those around us.  We need to ask God to help us keep all the doors to our heart and mind open so we can recognize His answers.

April 23, 2009

Elizabeth – Old Age

 

 

Lk 1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this?   I ‘m an old man and my wife is well along in years.

 

Elizabeth was very old and possible thought there was no more purpose in her life.  In those days it was quite a black mark against a woman who bore no children.  Yet she was a woman, sensitive to God for, when Mary visited her, she knew immediately that Mary carried God’s Son within her womb.

 

As we age, we sometimes wonder if our usefulness or purpose in life is gone.  Perhaps we have regrets over things we have done or left undone.  It is never to late to confess our failures and omissions to God for His forgiveness.  Nor is it every too late to be used by God.  Our main purpose in life is to have fellowship with God.  As we age, it seems easier to find the time for a more consistent prayer life. 

 

I have a friend who is 108 years old.  Several years ago she shared with me, “A day wasted is a day I don’t learn something new about my Lord and Savior.”  What a beautiful attitude.  There is no end to our ability to learn more about our Lord and Savior each day of our lives on this earth.

April 22, 2009

Eve

Genesis 3:20  Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

 

I’ve been on the book of Psalms for quite awhile.  I think you already have the idea, no matter were you are in your walk, there is a verse or more in Psalms, which will address it.  I pray you continue to read at least one verse (a chapter is better to get the entire picture) every day. 

 

I will be writing about the women in the Bible.  Yes, men, this is important for you as well.  We can all learn from each other and, the women in the Bible, are recorded there to teach us and encourage us.

 

Eve is the first woman named in the Bible.  Adam in Genesis 3:20 “And Adam named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all the living”, names her.

 

Eve was very special; the first woman made, made directly by the hand of God, set in a beautiful garden where the weather was perfect and food only needed to be plucked off and eaten.  Eve takes the blame for the hard fall of mankind.  However, if you read Genesis carefully, you’ll see God gave instructions about the two trees they were not to eat from to Adam, not to Eve.  We don’t know how Adam interpreted God’s words and what he spoke to Eve, but it must not have been a direct quote.  This left enough confusion in Eve’s mind as to the exact words and reasons that Satan could convince her that all would be fine.  Adam even joined her in the tasting party.

 

After both had eaten together, the impact of what they had done – the knowledge from the “tree of Knowledge” came to them and they were afraid and ashamed.  Ever since that day mankind has spent their days trying to hide their sins from God, others and themselves.

 

Eve must have gone through life with a broken heart.  Not only did she know she disobeyed God and lost a life in a beautiful garden, she also lived with the fact that one of her sons killed another son.  Our lives are full of hasty choices that drive a wedge between God and us.  But, we have what Eve didn’t have.  We have Jesus Christ to mediate to God on our behalf.  Once we accept Him as our Lord and Savior and confess our sins, He confesses us to His Father and we are forgiven.  Our garden is being in the midst of His Presence.  We step in and out of that garden through our choices.  Lets work on choosing to stay in that garden – in His Presence.

April 21, 2009

His Name’s Sake

Ps 79:9 Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.

 

God’s name sake is Jesus, His Son, who died on the cross in our place so God could forgive our sins.  Our sins are forgiven for the glory of the name of Jesus.  Our cry should be for Him to help us stay in Him and out of sin.  Sin is anything that separates us from God.  God cannot be in the presence of sin so, when we sin, we separate ourselves from God’s presence.  Ask God to help you stay in His presence.

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